Fat Cats squashed in Guelph, but you wouldn’t know that would you?
I think the Ottawa Sun put it nicely; “The Ottawa Fat Cats are coming home with absolutely no momentum.”
I guess I should explain the title before we get into things. The only reason that I was able to figure out what the score was in game 2 of this series was because both teams provided twitter updates. Guelph’s scorer had a problem with his phone and was unable to update pointstreak.
Now, it was really just an unfortunate series of events that led to people without social media not being able to keep track of the game whatsoever, but the point that I’m trying to make here is that it should not happen.
Firstly, why wasn’t Rogers Ottawa broadcasting the game? I checked it out at 7:30 last night and they had Bingo on. I doubt that bingo would get more viewers than IBL baseball.
Secondly, it’s 2012. Collegiate and independent pro leagues all over the place have internet radio broadcasts if they can’t get their games on the airwaves. There are sites and programs like Ustream that let you broadcast online for no charge. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection, so I don’t understand why teams can’t set a stream up, especially during the playoffs.
Ottawa and Hamilton have their games streamed and Barrie will be starting those broadcasts next season. Let’s see more teams get on board! The feedback is great when I ask away fans about the Ottawa broadcast. If the other organizations started them up, they definitely wouldn’t regret it.
Now, to be fair, I don’t know why any Fat cats fans would’ve wanted to tune in to last night’s game. I can only think of one way to describe it: a good old-fashioned ass-kicking.
It goes to show you that a little momentum can go a long way. After Amelotte gave up a couple hits to start things off, it only took was a couple bombs to put the game out of reach—and let’s not forget that we weren’t even half way through the first inning.
I guess Amelotte had the jitters going into the game, but to give up 9 runs in a span of a third of an inning? I’ve never seen something like that. Sabourin came in for relief, but gave up 7 runs in just over 5 innings of work himself.
The Fat Cats’ bats didn’t help the cause either. We just simply couldn’t get anything on the scoreboard besides the hits. The effort was there—Ottawa only went down in order twice—but there’s still a problem when it comes to bringing baserunners home. We left 11 men stranded all game and most of the time the 3rd out came on ground outs while swinging at either the first or second pitch.
We needed some patience and composure to win last night and unfortunately no one was able to bring that. This is one of those moments where I really miss Matt McGovern from last year. We could definitely use the presence that he brought down the stretch in 2011 once again.
To add insult to injury—or in this case, injury to insult—Jason Coker left the game in the 7th inning with a lower body issue. This is terrible for the Cats, as he has been a huge asset at the plate all year. Not sure that we can afford to lose him for an extended period of time at this point.
Saturday was a much different game. I actually made the trip down to Guelph to take things in. Hastings is a nice little ballpark that lets you get very close to the action. The place holds about 700 people and it was pretty much full. You can’t compare the experience to Ottawa, really. They’re two very different places.
The game itself was a pitchers’ duel. Brandon Huffman lost it, but definitely didn’t deserve that fate. I believe that David Hatt outpitched Huff, but it was the Fat Cats infield that lost them the game. 4 errors, including 2 on the same play that let Guelph take the lead in the 7th. You just can’t let that happen.
You’ve also got to give the Royals credit here; they’ve clearly been the better team through these 2 games. Sean Reilly and Frankie Hare have gotten the monkey off their backs in a big way. Reilly has posted an average of .667 while getting on base 78% of the time. Frankie Hare’s numbers aren’t as crazy, but his 6 RBIs leads the team.
Any type of curse that these 2 had while playing Ottawa appears to have been lifted. Their final test is performing in the hostile environment of Ottawa Stadium.
Speaking of which, fans, I won’t be there this coming weekend so I won’t be able to hear the noise.
I hope that the Fat Cats are able to come out with a couple wins this weekend, but if that isn’t the case and we are going to lose this series in Ottawa, I better hear about the biggest standing ovation in Ottawa sports history. It may be the last time that we ever see the Fat Cats play.
Carlos Verde will be covering this weekend’s events at Ottawa Stadium for me, so I guess he’ll be seeing you then. Hopefully, the next time I sit down to write an article it won’t be a season recap!